What is EMDR?

From EMDR International Association:
“Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a method of psychotherapy that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma.  EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.”

Read EMDRIA’s definition of EMDR at: http://www.EMDRIA.org

Why 80-minute sessions?

Often, EMDR sessions require more a 50-minute standard “therapy hour,” and EMDR is such a powerful tool that it is best to allow the time necessary to work through an issue to a point of completion if at all possible.  Most clients will find that any session over 80 minutes will be too tiring.  Eighty-minute sessions typically are most effective, although I do offer 50-minute sessions for those unable to tolerate 80-minute sessions.

What issues can I address with EMDR?

The use of EMDR has been widely researched, and found to be effective with many issues, including:

  1. Panic attacks
  2. Complicated grief
  3. Dissociative disorders
  4. Disturbing memories
  5. Phobias
  6. Pain disorders
  7. Eating disorders
  8. Performance anxiety
  9. Stress reduction
  10. Addictions
  11. Sexual and/or physical abuse
  12. Body dysmorphic disorders
  13. Personality disorders

What are your qualifications as an EMDR Therapist?

I am an experienced clinician with EMDR, having participated my first EMDR training in 2000.  I am an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and a Certified EMDR Therapist.  I am experienced in treating a wide range of issues with EMDR.  If for any reason your issues are outside my range of expertise, I will refer you to another qualified clinician with training and experience in the areas you require.  Because it is important that you feel a sense of trust and rapport with me, so I encourage you to ask any and all questions you have.

Here are some important questions to ask of any EMDR practitioner:

  1. Have you received both Part 1 and 2 of the basic training?  Yes, I received EMDR Training Part 1 in 2000, and EMDR Training Part 2 in 2002.
  2. Was your training program approved by EMDRIA or EMDR Europe?  Both levels of my EMDR training were provided by the EMDR Institute, and approved by EMDRIA.
  3. Have you kept up to date about the latest protocols and developments? Yes, I have earned many hours of continuing education in EMDR, and I read the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, EMDRIA Newsletter, and other sources of current research and practice in EMDR, including recently published books from recognized EMDR practitioners.
  4. How many people with my particular problems or disorder have you successfully treated? This will vary, of course, depending on the issues you wish to address.  I have worked with trauma, substance abuse, panic attacks, complicated grief, disturbing dreams and memories, phobias, pain disorders, dissociative disorders, eating disorders, performance anxiety, stress, compulsions and obsessions, anger, abuse, body dysmorphic disorders and attachment issues/personality disorders.
  5. Are you doing standard EMDR as it is (a) described in Dr. Shapiro’s text, (b) supported by EMDRIA, and (c) been tested in research? Yes.  I utilize standard EMDR protocols for resource development, trauma resolution, substance abuse relapse prevention, phobias, dissociation, chronic pain, and anxiety.  Most issues can be treated within the scope of these protocols.
  6. Will you discuss with me the way EMDR can deal with my obvious symptoms? Absolutely. We will work together on a plan to address the issues and symptoms you wish to resolve.
  7. Will you also discuss with me the ways EMDR can be used to help me live a happier, more productive life by treating the other negative memories, beliefs, feelings, and actions that may be running my life? Absolutely!  If EMDR can help with the issues you wish to address and I have the experience necessary to treat those issues, we will plan the treatment and proceed toward achieving your goals!

What are your fees?

My fees vary, based on the requested service. Please contact me for current fee ranges. Keep in mind that payment is required at the time of service.

Do you ever reduce your fees?

Slots for reduced fee services are available on a limited basis, and are in high demand so are often completely filled.

Do you take insurance?

I am a preferred provider for Cigna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthnet/MHN, and United.

How can I make an appointment?

Please call me at   (520) 661-5376  in Tucson, Arizona, to let me know you would like to meet with me.  We can discuss the details and arrange a time that is convenient for you.  If I do not have a time available for you, I will give you the names and contact information for other therapists who may be able to help you.

More questions?  Please call  (520) 661-5376 .